Honorable Mention TIFA 2021 People / Culture

The Morning Fire

  • Photographer
    Roberto Pazzi
  • Technical Info
    Nikon D810, 35mm, 1/100s, F/3.2, Iso 1250
  • Photo Date
    February 24th, 2020

Mundari children warming up in the cattle camp at sunrise. The Mundari are herders of South Sudan, who dedicate their lives to the care of their cattle. In their cattle camps, kids are doing most of the work. They collect the fresh cow dung and put it into piles which are then set on fire to repel the voracious mosquitoes of the area. The Mundari use the ash created by fires to rub on themselves and their cattle, creating a protection against mosquitoes. The kids and few guardians are sleeping with the cows. The ash from fires, as fine as talcum powder, is often used as bedding.

Award winning and published travel photographer. Roberto has a permanent exposition in Singapore, he is an author for a Brazilian gallery and he organizes and leads photo expeditions to remote cultures.